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Linux.com: An End to Your Windows Woes

Mar 21, 2001, 20:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by F. William Lynch)

"It's been my dream for months to cast off the chains of proprietary Microsoft Windows software entirely, and though that day has not quite arrived, its closing fast. Through the use of Win4Lin software from NeTraverse (formerly TreLos) I can now run every Windows application I need under Linux...."

"Interoperation between the virtualized Windows OS and Linux is also much simplier with Win4Lin than with VMWare's implementation. With VMWare, you have no access to the virtualized file systems from within Linux and all file transfers occur through a modified version of Samba that may interfere with your other SMB sharing. In Win4Lin, the primary filesystem is just a directory tree under your Linux partition (ext2, or reiserfs in version 2.0.2), so you can copy files in and out with no difficulty, even during an open session...."

"Many Linux users, including myself, long for the day when we can run 100% Open Source software, but until that day arrives Win4Lin is an excellent and inexpensive way to bridge the gap between Windows and Linux. If you want to try it yourself you can download an evaluation copy from NeTraverse. The evaluation license is good for 30 days and allows you to run the software for one hour time periods."

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